Be Sick Be Loved: John Acuff – SYMC 2013

This was a great session with the Jordan Howerton Band and Jon Acuff! Here are some of my notes from Acuff’s message:

How do we be stronger and truly allow God to make us stronger… We find a new orientation to who we are first. 

1. Start before we are ready. Fear will often stop us from feeling like we are ready for ministry… We sometimes feel too old or young… There’s always something we are not ready for and always a fear that we have about our next step in ministry… But, if we really believe God’s strength that becomes our strength, we will be ready… It’s not about our strength.

Even Jon Acuff admits he gets to to do stuff he is not ready for…

“I get to do stuff I am not ready for… BUT, we’ll never step into something God is not ready for.”

2. Don’t keep score… It’s easy to remember when we do well and everyone shows up… But heart breaking when no one shows up… We are going to have these moments.

However, we should always play to the size our heart not our audience…

3. Stop Trying to Fix Ourselves: The world tells us that someone or something else can fix us. We think we can fix ourselves… Instead of being authentic we share ‘safe’ sins… But we are not real…

Fear fears community…

We try to pretend we are fine and fixed… We try to “fix” our ourselves by saying we are fine… When we are not… Sooner or later our lives are like mustard stirred into ice cream… We can’t keep living with the brokenness stirred into our lives… Find community, be real, and begin healing…

Bottom line: Our lives as youth workers can’t be separated from our separated from Christ… 

Be sick be loved…

Come to God broken  and allow God to give us a new orientation from there… We are never ready, not strong enough, and never healed enough… But it’s not about us, it’s about God. Be Sick Be Loved… Minister from there…

To Sum it Up: Great session! Full of humor and and full of focused and careful heart surgery for youth workers to heal, repaire and be stronger…

Phil <><

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